The state government has announced plans to substitute half of the government cars with electric vehicles within three years to encourage electric mobility transition. The government revealed this through Deputy Chief Minister C.N. Ashwath Narayan early this Monday. This move will reduce emissions from the transportation sector, helping the State align itself with the Paris climate change agreement. The spokesperson stated that regulatory measures would be stipulated starting with these government resources as an example. Some of the regulations involve the development of charging infrastructure in significant buildings, malls, industrial parks, apartments, and other buildings.
The minister narrated this in a panel discussion concerning future sustainability in transportation conducted by the Harvard India Conference. He explained that this discussion aimed to establish fast chargers in primary highways in the State and develop the state-of-the-art Karnataka Electric Mobility, Research, and Innovation Centre. The center will be an incubation center for projects involving the transition to electric vehicles and their secondary technologies. These utilities will be crucial in encouraging the people of this State on the essence of purchasing electric cars.
Minister Narayan stated that the government had investigated the locations where they can develop charging infrastructure for cars after citing these resources’ insufficiency in the State. Moreover, the government researchers obtained feedback from the citizens in this State concerning the reduction of charges when people go to public charging stations with their cars. The researchers noted the ideal areas for developing the infrastructure like parking lots for e-cabs. The government is also allowing real estate agencies to design buildings that accommodate the charging of electric vehicles to promote the technology.
Dr. Narayan announced that the State is accepting proposals and partnerships that can ensure these utilities’ development countrywide. He explained that countries like the US, Norway, and China have made a breakthrough in this sector. India can emulate these countries by instituting similar policies and setting up the infrastructure to accommodate electric vehicles. The minister noted that the drivers in the country have accepted electric cars, three-wheelers, and e-bikes, and what remains is for this technology to be explored through supportive mechanisms. India was in the list of the notorious countries known for emissions, and the outcry has forced it to start these plans. Hopefully, the country will work around the challenges and become a hub for clean energy and clean transportation technology.